A study carried out by researchers in Sweden, and published in the journal Anthrozoos, has revealed that therapy dogs could be used to treat or prevent the development of cardiovascular disease in the elderly by lowering blood pressure of residents in a nursing home. Continue reading
The University of Arizona are recruiting for two positions for a funded Human Animal Interaction (HAI) project. The project investigates the roles of oxytocin and vasopressin in HAI, involving dogs and 8-10 year old children. Continue reading
On Friday 26 October 2018, the second reading of the Cats Bill 2017-19 will take place in the House of Commons. Continue reading
The 15th Triennial International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) conference will take place from the 12 -14 April 2019 in Brewster, New York (one hour north of Manhattan) at the world-renowned Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys. Continue reading
Scottish Labour believe everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable, should have the opportunity to access the wellbeing benefits that pets can provide. As such, their Green Paper, Paws Clause, has been developed to identify a number of potential policies which would help people in Scotland to keep their pets with them more easily.
We were delighted to be invited by Claudia Beamish (Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform) to submit a formal response to this Green Paper to show our support and help influence the formal process for policy decision making within the party. Continue reading
Details of our next conference on 17 March 2018 are now available! Our focus for the conference is the important issue of Pets and Housing. We will explore the evidence and consider the latest findings as we look to raise awareness of how pets can enhance the health and wellbeing of tenants.
This event is free to SCAS members and £50 for non-members.
This week, the BBC have been airing a new series looking at loneliness in Britain. James Martin takes celebrities back to a street they grew up on to see who lives there now and help set up a local social network in a campaign designed to tackle the issue of loneliness in the UK.
You can watch the episodes on BBC iPlayer. Tomorrow’s episode will be touching on how animals can help combat loneliness for some people. You can watch it at 9.15am tomorrow morning (Thursday 18th December) and the final episode is on Friday at the same time in the morning.
More information about the benefits of the human-animal bond can be found on the SCAS website. We’ve prepared a special page to signpost you to some of the most relevant parts of our website HERE.
Abstract deadline Jan 31 for the 23rd Annual Conference of the
International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) is approaching.
The meeting will be held July 19-21, 2014 – Vienna, Austria
Animals and Humans Together: Integration in Society.
The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of
both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts for its 23rd Annual
Conference which will be held in Vienna, Austria on July 19-21, 2014. The
conference will focus on the role of human-animal interactions (HAI) in
society, including a range of empirical evidence for the effects of HAI on
human, animals and society. We also encourage the submission of free
papers on all other relevant topics in the field of HAI.
Research abstracts include:
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
2. An introduction to the study and its objectives;
3. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human
and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a
description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis; 4.
Main results, including statistical test, significance levels and test
5. Conclusions and implications for the field. Only abstracts reporting
results will be eligible for oral presentation.
Critical review abstracts include
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
2. An introduction to the objectives of the review;
3. Key literature references that have been reviewed or re-evaluated; 4.
Main findings, and
5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field.
Abstracts must be in English (UK or US spelling is both fine, please be
consistent), concise, informative and no longer than 4000 characters,
All abstracts need to be submitted via the online submission system at
http://isaz2014.univie.ac.at. Abstracts for oral presentations that are
not selected may be eligible for a posters. A sample abstract is provided
for reference at the abstract submission section.
Please indicate in the online submission system whether you want to
participate in the ISAZ Best Student Presentation/Poster Award.
Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st 2014.
Many congratulations to Sue and Julie from Caring Canines, who have both been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.
The citation includes the phrase “for services to dog assisted therapy…..”
Sue and Julie said that they have accepted the awards in the name of Caring Canines and hope that it will go a long way towards promoting the positive effects that therapy dogs can have on people. They both went on to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the group.
Mars Petscare have a job vacancy that may be of interest to you.
Research Manager – Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)
£45,000 – £54,000 + 2 bonus opportunities, car bonus, healthcare and pension
Waltham, Melton Mowbray, Leics.
As Research Manager HAI reporting to our Head of Research, your brief will be to lead a global research and communications programme which underpins a strategic pillar of our Global Petcare Vision: to strengthen the human-animal bond and make the world a better place for pets. You’ll play a critical role in delivering this through high-quality scientific research in collaboration with key academics and opinion formers, as well as public-private partnerships. That’ll involve the development and execution of a five-year strategy to improve the quality of our HAI research continuously in alignment with business priorities. So you’ll need to:
- monitor the latest developments within this field
- create internal and external expertise networks
- act as the authoritative source of information and advice on HAI for our global business.
With at least a PhD in an Ethological, Psychological, Veterinary or Health-related science discipline, you already have a proven track record within biological/veterinary scientific research, ideally involving close collaboration with NGOs/government bodies. Your hearty appetite for constantly acquiring new scientific knowledge will complement your skills in networking and setting strategic research goals and measures. With a clear passion for high-quality HAI research and its application, you’re readily be able to build and leverage professional networks. Your attributes will also include:
- the gravitas to represent Waltham within scientific and professional communities and across Mars Petcare
- a strong drive for results
And of course, you’ll have that passion for pets.
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